Hi-Tech Studio: Strobes On The Go

Interfit Xtreme


The Xtreme300 Flash Head from Interfit is a 300 w/s unit that can be used with AC power or the optional Stellar Xtreme Battery Pack, which provides more than 100 full-power flashes per charge. The Xtreme300 head provides power settings from 1/16 to full, 2-second recycling to full power (on AC) and a color temperature of 5600K. There’s a 150W modeling lamp (AC operation only), and the mounting bracket is on a rail so you can balance it easily when using large light modifiers. The Xtreme300 measures 17x10x5.5 inches and weighs 4 pounds; the Xtreme Battery Pack measures 7.5×6.5×3.5 inches and weighs 3.1 pounds. www.interfitphotographic.com


JTL offers 300, 400, 600 and 1000 w/s Mobilight monolights that run off AC or battery power (and come with both cord and battery), as well as the DC-600 and DC-1000 600 w/s and 1000 w/s Mobilights, which run on battery only, providing up to 500 full-power flashes with the DC-600 and up to 260 with the DC-1000. All have a built-in photo slave and a 360° universal radio receiver for wireless remote control. The AC units have 150W modeling lights, while the battery-only ones have a 10W modeling lamp. Color temperature is 5600K. The AC/battery units weigh from 3.3 to 5 pounds, and the DC-only units weigh 5.5 pounds. Dimensions for the DC-600 are 5x5x8 inches. www.jtlcorp.com

Paul C. Buff Einstein E640

Paul C. Buff

Paul C. Buff offers two battery packs, both of which can be used to power up to four of its monolights—White Lightning, AlienBees, Einstein and Vagabond. The compact Vagabond Mini Lithium (3.5 pounds) provides 200 to 250 flashes per charge with 1280 w/s, with recycling times from 1 second (with 150 w/s connected) to 20 seconds (with 3200 w/s); the Vagabond Lithium Extreme (6 pounds) provides more flashes per charge and provides recycling times twice as fast. The all-digital Einstein E640 monolight has a built-in fan and miniSD slot for firmware upgrades. Four AlienBees units (160, 320 and 640 w/s, and a 320 w/s ringflash) offer power settings from full to 1/32. Three White Lightning units (330, 660 and 1320 w/s) offer dual power; high is adjustable from full to 1/32 and low from 1/4 to 1/128. All offer quick recycling and built-in slave triggers. www.paulcbuff.com


Photogenic’s compact StudioMax III monolight line includes three models that can run on battery power, as well as AC. The AKB-1 battery pack can deliver more than 200 full-power flashes with the 160 w/s AKC160B and 150 with the 320 w/s AKC320B units. The battery pack weighs 3 pounds, as do the monolights. The monolights measure 5.3×5.3×7 inches, and the battery pack measures 8.8×4.4×1.9 inches. The AC320BR monolight has a built-in radio remote receiver. www.photogenic.com

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